Dovetail Chiseling Mallet

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Project by Gerardo posted 06-04-2010 07:46 AM 2556 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you don’t have $50 to spend on a beautiful, professionally made, dovetail chiseling hammer, make one for yourself! Visit your local Home Depot, go to the lumber section and seek out the discount lumber rack. Find an oak 2×4 painted green on the ends, because green means they are $0.51 each! Then, cut four equal square pieces from that 2×4, align them straight, glue them together real good, drill a 1” hole down the center, and shove that 1” diameter oak dowel rod through there and bam!! .... A dovetail chiseling hammer for the price of less than $5 :)
I am still smoothing out the edges to make a more flat surface to hit my chisels. I sawed off each of the four corners because I wanted to make a round faced hammer, so I still have a ways to go. But, for the moment, it works quite effectively :)

Any suggestions as to what I could coat it with?? I just want to protect the wood from aging, not so much make it shiny. Thank you!

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#1 posted 06-04-2010 07:48 AM

Sound like it will work fine

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 05:11 PM

I wouldn’t worry about a finish – I like the idea of working on the shape as you use it. You could put a coat of oil on it – then re coat after you work on the shape.

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#3 posted 06-04-2010 06:07 PM

Thank you for the advice. I have a bottle of boiled linseed oil, do you think that would be a good oil to use once I work out the shape?

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